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Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha 'feels great' about deal with Atlanta Hawks

Thabo Sefolosha confirmed on Thursday that a breakup that had long been anticipated is now official.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 3, 2014

But the benching, Sefolosha said, definitely contributed to his decision to leave.

“Oh, big time. Big time,” Sefolosha said. “I mean, it had been a pattern a little bit going on, you know me playing in the starting five but not playing for the rest of the game basically. So once I sat down after the season and really reflected on what happened the last two, three seasons and basically the last two, three months, I thought it was maybe time for me to move on and find a new place.”

Despite how his run ended, Sefolosha said he will maintain fond memories of his time in Oklahoma City. He came to town as a 24-year-old finding his way. He left as a 30-year-old who came into his own as an elite perimeter defender who was vital to the Thunder’s transformation into a perennial title contender.

“I think it was the success that we had as a team, the growth that we had over the years,” Sefolosha said of what he’ll remember. “And the people of Oklahoma City and the fans and how involved they are, how much they follow and are behind the team. That’s definitely the two things that I will remember of Oklahoma City.”

In bidding farewell to the Thunder, the team’s fans and the community, Sefolosha exhibited the same amount of class he carried throughout his tenure.

“I would say thank you very much. Thank you for the support,” Sefolosha said. “I will never forget my time in Oklahoma City. With all the success that we had, all the great friends and relationships that we’ve built in Oklahoma City, that’s something special. I don’t regret anything of my time in Oklahoma City. If it was up to me, maybe it would be different right now. But I wish the team the best and all the fans to stay the way they are with the team.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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